EAST BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – “We need teachers to move into the classroom now,” said Dana Morrison, Recruitment Manager for East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.
There’s a big need for teachers in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Leaders are trying to fill the classrooms for the fall.
“We want to make sure that every area in our classrooms is covered and we have qualified teachers to do that,” said Morrison.
The district held certification sessions and a job fair Tuesday to find qualified teachers. Nationwide, there’s been a shortage of educators for some time.
“The teacher shortage isn’t going away anytime soon. So we have to constantly, as a community, start working on that and start thinking about changes that we need to impact our students,” said Morrison.
Those changes include getting creative and creating programs to fill vacancies. Morrison said, “We have the “Grow Your Own” program of moving our paraprofessionals to become teachers. We have a new program at Belaire for our high school students to become teachers. We have a lot of things in place.”
For the fall, the school system has already hired dozens of teachers but has more than 125 vacancies. Regan Fonenot is hoping to fill one of them.
“I really like to be able to inspire kids and teach them and be able to spread knowledge to them,” said Fonenot.
Morrison said, “Being a teacher, there really is nothing else like it and to have the ability to impact the future is the most incredible thing anyone can ever do.”